Just like that, we’re welcoming August in iso-mode while still lowkey wondering where the last 6-months went. Although we don't get to stroll around the Bourke Street Mall or hop around Melbourne's hidden bars, the weekends are forever worth the buzz. Just when you think you’re out of things to do, check out this weekend-friendly bucket list.
Milk! Records Online Winter Residency
The weekend screams for music gigs and The Milk! Records are here to answer. Back with an online format, this year’s Winter Residency will feature performances by Milk! Artists Courtney Barnett, Jen Cloher, and many more. The sessions have been pre-recorded at Milk! Warehouse over the last two months by resident director and photographer Marcelle Bradbeer, alongside Anika Ostendorf, aka Hachiku, in sound production and Chloe Holliday in poster animations. Bringing a kinder-joy kind of concept, this year, you’ll be surprised with their mystery line-up of three artists for each week, starting at 8pm sharp. Get your living room ready, tickets are $15 per week or $40 for all three weeks, available here.
Who would’ve thought that the next-gen of rom-com would involve quarantine? The new six-by-six minutes series, Loving Captivity draws inspiration from COVID-19 and was produced during the eased-restrictions period. It tells the story of Ally (Christie Whelan Browne), a single mum who isn’t into iso-date and Joe (Lewis Mulholland), a flirt-machine she once dated last year. Get your tissue ready, Loving Captivity is available for stream from 30 July on Facebook.
Gomi Boys Ramen Kits
Winter calls for a warm bowl of ramen and while sitting at the typical cosy ramen bar is out of touch, you can still recreate the vibe at home—minus the five-hour broth wait time—all thanks to Gomi Boys Ramen new delivery service. Get your hands on eight handmade, ready-to-heat soup kits, with gluten-free, vegan, and allergen-friendly options. With the kits, you’ll get a mix of premium Japanese ingredients, fresh handmade noodles, toppings, broth and seasonings. Price starts from $19.45 for each kit, with an extra charge on add-ons. Order yours at the website between 12pm each Friday and 8pm on Mondays, and get it delivered on Thursday.
More information here.
Bread Club x Glasshaus Pop Up
Now, if you’re in or around Cremorne and have a thing for beautiful baked goods, you’re in luck because Bread Club is popping up at Glasshaus Inside this weekend. From 9am to 2pm (or sold out), the North Melbourne-based bakery will have you around classic loaves and their all-time favourite sweet treats, including seasonal danishes, chocolate cookies, and almond croissants. While you’re at it, you can also browse around—and buy—Glasshaus’ plant galore, including freshly cut tulips to sweeten up your WFH moments.
Bring your mask and remember to follow the social distancing measures in place.
Supernormal Kiosk At Botanica Hotel
If you’re a Southsider and never get a taste of one of CBD’s favourite, Supernormal, this is your time to shine. This kiosk is stocked with a range of finish-at-home meals and ready-to-eat dishes. Get your hands on their Szechuan pork dumplings teamed with a sweet soy and chilli sauce, slow-cooked Xinjiang lamb with spring onion pancakes, and of course, their legendary New England lobster rolls. The pop-up ends this Sunday 2 August and seriously, you don’t wanna miss this.
More information here.
Liminal* Careers Conference
Okay maybe girls night isn’t completely out of the iso-list, especially when it involves career talks from inspiring girl bosses. Starting last Monday 27 July, Liminal* conference invites you to dip your toe and immerse into the startup world. On their last day, Friday 31 July, you’ll get the chance to join Michelle McHargue, operating partner of Costanoa Ventures, in sharing her journey to the startup world and her tips on resume, remote interviews, goal setting, and many more. You can also fire up your curiosity in the Ask Me Anything session host by Sophia Witherington, leader of the fellowship at Startmate.
Register for free here.
Melbourne Fringe VCR Fest
Melbourne Fringe is back with its digital version of VCR Fest and everyone is welcome. Streaming this weekend, Friday 31 July to Sunday 2 August, you can stream 13 top-notch shows and workshops. From virtual parties to comedy, everything is available through your screen. You can also get social by joining their digital foyer where you can chat and ask for recommendations from fellow audience members. Whatever you choose, be sure to register your interest before the show.
More information here.
Disappointment Zoom-cast with Judith Lucy and Denise Scott
Get your cocktail or your long-kept complaints ready—or both—and be part of Disappointment, a zoom-cast event every Sunday afternoon. Host by Jude and Scotty, get the chance to talk and share about new disappointments-any kind is welcome-live from their living room. From politics, television to humanity, prepare yourself for a digital comedy happening starting this Sunday 2 August at 4:30pm. Tickets for individual shows range from $15 (solo viewing), $20 (a four-people group) and $30 (five or more people). A season pass is also available for all eight shows.
While a visit to beautiful South Australia needs to be postponed indefinitely, a virtual tour can be your lockdown-friendly alternative. With SATV, a new online platform launched by The South Australian Tourism Commission, you can virtually walk around Coffin Bay Oyster Farm, the Art Gallery of South Australia, and even go underwater with sea lions. You can also join online cooking classes, cocktail masterclasses, and wine tastings weekly. From each video listed, you’ll also find a virtual tip jar where you can donate and support local business.
Sign up here
Hot Chocolate Festival
Hot chocolate is a cult-favourite winter go-to and though things are looking different, the annual Hot Chocolate Festival by Great Ocean Road, Yarra Valley and Mornington Peninsula chocolateries is still up and running. The month-long event will let you try 31 different flavours of hot chocolate, all at the comfort of your living room. Order the Hot Chocolate Festival Challenge for $160 and indulge your sweet tooth with 31 boxes of ingredients to pull off the ultimate hot chocolate. With flavours ranging from Golden Gaytime, Tim Tam Slam, to Magic Mushroom, your hot chocolate game will never be the same. You can also level up your hot choc with different kinds of toppings from the classic marshmallows, biscuits to a wild-taste of truffle balls. These Hot Chocolate Festival boxes and other offerings are available for delivery and local pick-up.
Check out everything else happening during the lockdown here.